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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:11:19 +1300
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*Three-year Postdoctoral Position in Multisensory Virtual Reality*

The Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) at the
University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ has an immediate opening for a
postdoctoral researcher.

This three-year position will focus on the design, implementation,
evaluation, and deployment of multisensory feedback techniques in immersive
Virtual Reality (VR) systems. The work will involve research into methods
for generating and delivering multisensory cues in concert to produce user
experiences that mimic real-world situations in high fidelity.

In addition, novel user interface techniques focusing on expressive,
non-fatiguing interaction that can be used to support long-duration VR use
will be designed and evaluated.

The successful candidate must have completed a PhD in a VR-related field,
such as computer science, and have a history of successful work in
conducting user studies in VR, as evidenced by publications in appropriate

Significant mentoring of the successful candidate will be provided by
senior academic staff, giving the candidate a solid foundation for assuming
a more-permanent position at the conclusion of the appointment. The
candidate will be given significant freedom to help manage and guide the
more-junior members of the research team, and as such, build skills in
project and team management.

Results of the work will be submitted for publication in leading journal
and conference venues, and there is significant budget for travel to
present the work.

The candidate will also have the opportunity to assist in delivering
courses within our Master of Human Interface Technology programme, covering
tropics around usability, prototyping, and evaluation.

The HIT Lab NZ is one of the leading research labs focused on human-centred
design of technology to support people in all facets of their lives. We put
the person first, and then apply an appropriate mix of technology for that
person in the context of the tasks they are doing. The Lab is very
international in flavour, and interdisciplinary in thought and approach.

Needless to say, New Zealand provides an unbelievable setting to perform
this work, and the HIT Lab NZ values a balanced approached to work and
life. Christchurch is the prime spot to launch excursions around New
Zealand, as it has an international airport, and is in the middle of South
Island. This provides easy access to beaches, pristine forests with
extensive, well-maintained walking and mountain-biking tracks, excellent
skiing in winter, and easy connections to other locations such as
Australia. Christchurch is also very family friendly.

For more information or to submit your application, please see the
following links:
+Official posting and application link:
+Email Rob Lindeman ([log in to unmask]) for more detailed information.
+HIT Lab NZ:
+University of Canterbury:
+Christchurch, NZ:
+Living & Working in NZ:

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